UK Power Networks has received international recognition for the continuous advanced development of the power grid it operates across London, the South East and East of England. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038.
The electricity distribution company has moved up to second place in SP Group's Smart Grid Index, a measurement of the smartness of power utilities around the world. The index measures seven key factors including the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as wind and solar power and the satisfaction of customers during the transition to a smart grid model.
The index analysed 75 utilities around the globe with UK Power Networks now claiming the number one position in the UK and Europe.
Barry Hatton, director of asset management at UK Power Networks, said: "We aim to be a leader in innovation and collaboration to ensure we secure the low-carbon economy that's best for society. By working collaboratively, sharing good practice and by keeping our customers at the heart of our approach, we aim to deliver a smart grid for all. We're delighted our work has been recognised in the Smart Grid Index. We are committed to collaborating and innovating to achieve our vision of being the leading distribution system operator."
The full SP Group Smart Grid Index is now available to view here: https://www.spgroup.com.sg/what-we-do/smart-grid-index
The ranking comes on the back of the company's Edison Electric Institute's (EEI's) International Edison Award win earlier this year in recognition of the company's innovative work in enabling the low carbon transition, including the development of a smart grid.
For further information please contact UK Power Networks press office on 0330 159 1712.
UK Power Networks is the country's biggest electricity distributor, making sure the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England. Network operators aren't the same as energy suppliers; network operators manage local power lines and substations, while energy suppliers sell the electricity that runs through the power lines. UK Power Networks continues to be listed in the Sunday Times' Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For, and made industry history by becoming first company to win Utility of the Year two years running (2015 and 2016, also 2012).
The company invests more than £600 million in its electricity networks every year, offers extra help to vulnerable customers at times of need, and is undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also moves cables and connects new electricity supplies. If you have a power cut ring 105, see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk or tweet us @UKPowerNetworks
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